Anne Frank: A History for Today is an impactful project empowering disadvantaged young people, 10 -15 years old, to stand against racism, homophobia, antisemitism & all other forms of prejudice & hate. It also equips them with essential skills for school & employment such as teamwork & resilience.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1003279)
The need for our work is greater than ever: hate crime has nearly doubled in the last 5 years [Home Office 2020]; 52% of 13-year-olds hear racism at school [Diana Award 2019]; the pandemic has increased inequality and divided communities; online learning during school closures increased online bullying. Lockdown and school closures prevented young people mixing with different social groups, causing negative stereotypes to have a stronger influence on their attitudes & behaviours towards others.
We will empower disadvantaged young people in England & Scotland to become voices for equality. We train young people as Peer Guides to educate their peers about Anne Frank, the Holocaust & what they teach us about prejudice today. Through workshops on topics such as racism, antisemitism & homophobia, young people explore their own attitudes & beliefs about others. With mentoring, young people are supported to run activities to inspire their school & community to welcome & accept everyone.
We are the future doctors, nurses, politicians, celebrities – people with power. We should make a stand against prejudice and show it’s not going to be tolerated. It’s not a good way to go about life: thinking I don’t like certain people. Anne Frank’s story has inspired me to challenge prejudice.
Since taking part in the programme I have seen such positive behaviour from our Anne Frank Young Ambassadors. They understand the importance of their message and want to promote it and look out for others around the school.
Becoming an Anne Frank Ambassador broadened my horizons to beyond Bradford and made me realise I was capable of achieving more than anyone thought. It changed the trajectory of my life.
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